January 15, 2014
Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2 is now available! If you don’t see an update available for Photoshop in the Creative Cloud desktop application, it might be because of your time zone – the Creative Cloud desktop application only checks once a day. To force the CC desktop application to check for updates, quit the CC desktop app (click on the gear icon in the upper right and choose Quit). Then, launch the Creative Cloud desktop application again – it will check for updates upon launch.
These three videos will take you through my favorite new features:
Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC
Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, walks through the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Learn how to create quads, adjust the layout, and distort the perspective of an image.
Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC
Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, demonstrates Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC. Discover when to embed and when to link Smart Objects as well as learn how to update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on Smart Object attributes.
Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC
Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once.
November 15, 2013
With the Move tool selected, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -dragging a layer in the image area creates a copy of the selected layer(s).
You can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag in the Layers panel to duplicate a layer – select the layer(s) and drag (up or down) until yo see a heavy black line between the layers and release.
Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) will also duplicate the selected layer(s). Note: this shortcut works for Layer Groups as well.
November 14, 2013
In order to drag-select multiple layers, select the Move tool and check the Auto-Select option in the Options bar. Click and drag over objects with the Move tool (in the image area) to select the layers. This method works well if you have multiple objects (layers) and a Background. Otherwise, because you have the Auto Select feature turned on, clicking in the image area will select the first layer that you click on and begin to move it instead of selecting additional objects (layers). Note: because a Background is locked by default, it is impossible to select and therefore skipped by the Auto Select Feature. So, if you have layers that you do not want to auto select, lock them. If you prefer to keep the Auto Select Layer unchecked (off), with the Move tool selected, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command (Mac) / Control (Win) to temporarily turn on the auto select functionality.
November 13, 2013
The Auto Select Layer/Group feature is found in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected. By default, the Auto Select feature is set to Auto-Select Groups (as opposed to Auto-Select Layer). To change this behavior, with the Move tool selected, check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Layer from the pull-down menu.
To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it. To select additional layers, add the Shift key while clicking. If the Move tool is selected, holding Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily activates the Auto-Select feature.
In addition, you can also select a layer using the context sensitive menus; Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in the image area over the desired layer and select it from the list.
November 12, 2013
While another tool is selected, holding the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) temporarily accesses the Move tool. Releasing the key returns you to the previous tool. Note: the Crop, Slice, Slice Select, Pen, Freeform Pen, Add Anchor point, Delete Anchor Point, Convert Point, Path Selection, Direct Selection, Shape and Hand tools are excluded from this shortcut.
October 11, 2013
To create a mask on a layer based on the transparency of another layer, in the Layers panel, select the layer that you want the mask to be added to. Then, drag the layer that you want to become the contents for the mask to the Add Mask Icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. Important: don’t click and release the mouse on the layer that you want to become the contents of the mask – clicking will select the layer, you need to drag that layer instead.
With the tree layer selected, drag the leaves layer to the mask icon.
The transparency of the leaves layer defines the new mask.
September 23, 2013
Photoshop CS6 introduced the ability to search/filter layers based on a number of parameters using the filter bar at the top of the Layers panel. Photoshop CC took search/filtering one step farther by adding the ability show only selected Layers (while temporarily hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel), by choosing Select > Isolate Layers.
Layers are selected and then Select > Isolate Layers is chosen, hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel. Notice that the filter in the Layers panel is activated (the switch is red to show that it’s “on”).
However, when “toggling off” or exiting Isolation mode, Photoshop CC simply turned off the filter in the Layers panel, instead of resetting the Layer Filter. Now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), toggling Isolation mode “off”, resets the Layer Filter to default values .
The panel on the left shows Photoshop CC with Isolation mode toggled off (note that in the red square, the filter is toggled off). The panel on the right shows Photoshop CC (V14.1) with Isolation mode toggled off and we can see that the Layer Filter has been reset to it’s default values.
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when using the Direct/Path Selection tools in Active Layers mode.
September 20, 2013
Dragging in the Layers panel to reposition a layer below a Layer Group can give different results than expected. In the example below, dragging and dropping the texture layer below the Cactus Layer Group, results in the texture layer being added to the Layer Group (inside of it, instead of below it).
Dragging the texture layer below the cactus group adds the texture to the layer group.
Instead, try clicking the disclosure triangle next to the Cactus Layer Group to close it (hide the contents), then drag and drop the texture layer below it.
Or, regardless of the state of the Layer Group (opened or closed) you can simply drag the Cactus Layer Group above the texture layer!
September 16, 2013
In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.
In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when in Active Layers mode.
August 29, 2013
There is a powerful new “mode” in Photoshop CC that can help quickly isolate layers that you currently want to select and work with on the Layers panel. To toggle the isolation mode, simply select the desired layers in the Layers panel, and choose Select > Isolate Layers or toggle the Filter switch at the top right of the Layers panel. Only the layers that are selected will be displayed in the Layers panel.
Select the Layers that you want to work with, then click the “Filter” icon to isolate the layers.
Note: Don’t forget, you can add a custom keyboard shortcut to Select > Isolate Layers to make this even easier!
April 24, 2013
In this Quick Tip (Displaying a Photograph within a Shape in Photoshop), Julieanne demonstrates three different ways to display an image within a shape in Photoshop including vector masks, clipping masks, and layer groups.
February 27, 2013
Layer Groups – they’re not just for organizing your layers! In this episode of The Complete Picture (5 Reasons to use Layer Groups in Photoshop), Julieanne demonstrates 5 ways to use Layer Groups to create special effects in Photoshop.
February 26, 2013
• Drag a vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.
• Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) the vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to make a copy of the vector mask.
• Command + Shift -drag (Mac) | Control + Shift -drag (Win) the vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to make an “inverted” copy of the vector mask.
January 28, 2013
Select Layer > Arrange > Reverse to reverse the stacking order of the selected layers. Note: if the layers are in different groups this option is not available.
January 3, 2013
There are several ways to display a photograph within a shape in Photoshop.
• This first example uses a vector mask to control what portion of the photo is hidden or revealed. To create this effect, select the desired shape tool and set the Shape tool options (in the options bar) to Path. Then drag out the shape and choose Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.
• The second example shows the photo (Layer 1) clipped by a shape layer. To create this effect, select the desired shape tool and set the Shape tool options (in the options bar) to Shape. Then drag out the shape, reposition it in the Layers panel so that the shape is below the layer with the photo and – with the photo layer selected, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Note: you can achieve different effects by changing the shape layer’s fill and stroke.
• The third example shows that if you create a copy of the original photo and reposition it under the shape layer, lowering it’s opacity and adding a drop shadow can make it more interesting.